Icelandic Pale Ale | Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)
Iceland
einstokbeer.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
American and Bavarian craft come together with the finest Icelandic water to create the Viking version of the Pale Ale, where robust hoppiness meets smooth malty undertones. Cascade hops give it the American character, while Northern Brewer hops add just enough bitterness to make this Ale refreshingly Icelandic.

Added by jazzyjeff13 on 01-03-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
276
Reviews:
53
Avg:
3.45
pDev:
14.2%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
91
For Trade:
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Photo of Danielr26
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jeswasgui
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of freewill35
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of detgfrsh
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Icelandic beer, now that's something I've never had before! From a bottle brewed on 4/19/16. Pours a copper color with a finger of off-white head. Smell is earthy with a hint of malt. Medium feel, carbonation is pretty light. Tastes like it smells. Earthy malt taste up front with a dry hop finish. The aftertaste is a bit harsh, I think if the finish were softer this could be a nice refreshing summer beer.

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Photo of braican
3.27/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of leantom
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed the white ale, so I decided to give this one a try. It was good but somewhat muted. Still very refreshing. Here goes:

A: Good. Cloudy orange. Head is alright, but the lacing and body carbonation are good. Very effervescent, actually.

S: Mild. Can smell faint orange peel and some lemon - not much else.

T: Good, but muted - very much like the smell. Orange and - surprisingly - some toasted malt. The flavors are all somewhat faint, however. While the beer's refreshing, it didn't pique my interest.

F: Good. Well-carbonated and refreshing.

O: A good beer. I prefer more robust ales, but this was still good.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into pint glass, bottled on 3/31/2016. Pours slightly hazy orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pepper, pine, caramel, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/earthy hops and dark/bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pepper, pine, caramel, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus peel/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange peel. pepper, pine. toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/earthy hops and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.6%. Overall this is a very good American pale ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/earthy hops and dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mademers
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Robertas
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kwa357
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of psoriasaurus
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kingslotty
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of daigakusei11
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Colin32
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of msumike89
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Kirbyderby
2.45/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Beric
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving: Bottle into snifter
Served: 15 June 2016

Appearance: Golden yellow with a bubbly white head. Lots of carbonation visible. Little to no lacing.

Smell: Soft hop aromas, mostly citrus and pine driven. Subtle malt sweetness.

Taste: Really muted- it doesn't really taste like much. The malt is pretty one note- ubiquitously sweet, a bit bready at times. The hops are very subtle and don't really add much. Soft notes of earthy must coming through as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with medium carbonation.

Overall: Not a great APA and, other than getting the tick for Iceland, not one I would recommend.

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Photo of jabjuancho
5/5  rDev +44.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of mltobin
3.22/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mig100
2.65/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of R11415
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of qrazvan
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pinyin
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served 38F from the bottle into a 16 ounce tulip. No bottle date.

Typical coloration for a pale ale. Light golden copper, very slight translucence.

The nose is earthy and floral, some slight citrus going on behind that. Seems like saaz hops for the bittering and possibly a smaller portion of citra for aroma. Nothing groundbreaking or amazing here. Kind of earthy and floral. No yeast esters or heavy malt presence in the scent.

Taste is not bad for a pale ale. This is certainly different than the typical hoppy american APA's. It's similar, but doesn't quite hit the mark. The hops used in this recipe do not match the yeast profile or the malt character. They have a sort of sour note to them which might be fine for a wild ale, but not for a pale. On the plus side, the water profile used here is really nice and balanced. I notice an interesting mineral balance that could have been put to better use with a different recipe.

Mouthfeel is good. Not syrupy, but also not watery. Sits right in between, where a pale ale should be.

This six pack was $17 at my local supermarket, and just not worth the price point, at all. So many better local options out there for half the price. This ale is mostly marketing. Decent craftsmanship, but stick with your local american pale ale. Much more true to the style and will taste much better.

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Photo of mbw314
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smithj4
3.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Icelandic Pale Ale from Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)
3.45 out of 5 based on 276 ratings.
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